Sports Innovation previews the Copa del Rey semi-final between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
The spotlight is on both Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, as the two sides lock horns for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie on Wednesday at Estadio Mestalla.
The two sides enter the contest tied at 1-1 on aggregate after finishing all square in the first leg on February 10. Raul Garcia put Athletic Bilbao ahead just before the break, but Hugo Duro’s second-half equalizer gave a 10-man Valencia a crucial away goal advantage.
Los Che enter into their next Copa del Rey match, averaging a highly respectable 2.2 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a moderate total of 22 goals, while also conceding 10 goals. That amounts to an average of 1 goal per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 3 times.
Ahead of their upcoming Copa del Rey match, Athletic Bilbao have an ample average of 1.7 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a tolerable 17 goals, while also conceding 13 times. That amounts to an average of 1.3 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 2 times.
Facts and figures for Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Rey.
- Valencia have scored in 28 of the last 30 home matches
- In 11 of the last 13 matches Valencia played, both teams scored
- Valencia have conceded in 11 of the last 13 matches
- Valencia have not won 4 of the last 5 matches
- Athletic Bilbao have not lost 15 of the last 16 away matches
- Athletic Bilbao have won 4 of the last 5 away matches
- Athletic Bilbao have conceded in 5 of the last 7 matches
Current form — Valencia v. Athletic Bilbao
Valencia suffered a couple of disappointments in their last 3 matches, as they were run over by Deportivo Alaves in a 2-1 defeat. Barcelona also proved too hard to handle, as they won 4-1, before Los Che were able to strike back last time out in a 1-0 win against Mallorca.
Athletic Bilbao are a bit back and forth currently, and sadly, they are more back than forth. Against Mallorca, they lost 3-2, before winning 4-0 against Real Sociedad. They were back on loser street last time out, in a 4-0 defeat against Barcelona.
How do the bookies view it?
At the time of writing, the bookmakers are offering the following prices on this encounter: betting on Valencia will get you odds 3.00. You can get a price of 2.75, should you wish to add Athletic Bilbao to your accumulator, while a draw currently pays out at 3.10.
Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao – Fixture History
Valencia and Athletic Bilbao had to settle for a draw in their last meeting in the Copa del Rey, which finished with a 1-1 scoreline. Depending on your betting strategy, another draw will no doubt spice up your next accumulator.
In their last 10 meetings across all competitions, Under 2.5 goals paid out 8 times and both teams scored on 6 occasions.
Man of the Moment
Ahead of their latest Copa del Rey match, both Valencia and Athletic Bilbao will be looking for their main strikers. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team this season.